Classics in the Classroom, by Carol Jago, is subtitled “Designing Accessible Literature Lessons” and this text does exactly that. While the other readings of this course have been academic in their pursuits this text felt a bit more functional. Not to suggest Jago’s Classics in the Classroom was simple or non- academic in any way, however, Jago seems to preference functionality and activity. Where my giddiness while reading Blau’s Literature Workshop once was I now have a deep appreciation and affection for Jago’s no frills approach to keeping the classics relevant and interesting for students and teachers. In stark contrast with Blau’s idealism and utopian Workshop Jago states ” If there was ever a Golden Age for English Teachers… to begin class with “So what do you think” I missed it… I just don’t think teenagers
” If there was ever a Golden Age for English Teachers… to begin class with “So what do you think” I missed it… I just don’t think teenagers respond favorably to such instruction…The study of literature requires a subtle interplay of classroom tasks that scaffold difficult texts?”
Jago’s seven guiding principals and her chapter devoted to lesson design were some of the most immediately and tangibly helpful chapters of the text, and of the semester.